“Spellbinding… Hannah and Ben were born to play and sing together”
Huddled round a single #microphone, #singing intimate #duets with just mountain #dulcimer, #dobro and #guitar, Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage are an #acousticduo that sound #classically timeless, yet their #music is unique.
Since emerging in 2016, the duo recorded two studio albums, Before the Sun (2016) and Awake (2018), produced by award winning producer David Travers-Smith in Toronto. Both albums have gathered praise for the craft and skill of their musical writing and arranging.
“Awesome… a supremely divine album”
“Dreamy reveries, softly warm vocals, stirring guitar arrangements – Sanders & Savage wield an elusive sort of magic”
They have shared stages and opened shows for #Americana and #folk luminaries such as Sarah Jarosz, Martin Simpson, Seth Lakeman and Oh Susanna. Fleetingly, they may evoke a memory of Gram & Emmylou, Shirley & Davey, or Gillian & David but their distilling of musical influences from both sides of the Atlantic produces a refined sound that is decidedly their own.
“An exquisite soundscape, which is the result of passion, precision and unbridled intimacy” ★★★★★
Their unique unplugged presentation creates a widescreen, cinematic soundscape with open spaces and atmosphere, giving their beautifully pure vocals room to share the songs’ emotion and narrative.
“This is folk music for everyone – a master-class in proficiency, an exercise in individuality and a declaration of love of the folk tradition from both sides of the Atlantic” ★★★★★
The material is as joyful and fun as it is intense, but the common factor is the duo’s warmth and confidence in each other; their natural ease and connection is clearly evident on the recorded music, and a genuine pleasure to witness on stage.
“A stream of brilliant music – they should be rated among the elite when it comes to UK folk”
-Rob Ramsey, Maverick
“Listening to this record is a form of meditation, with all its benefits. Sanders has a voice of such sparkling clarity that soars above and dips around Savage’s dobro and their harmonies are exquisite”
-Lyndon Bolton, No Depression
“I’ve loved Hannah Sanders’ voice since first listen and Ben Savage is a master musician. they are both deep in to the soul of their music. I think this album is the best thing they’ve done”
-Mike Harding Folk Show
“This is one of the albums of the year as far as I’m concerned – what a very fine sound they make – they’ve produced a fabulous album”
-Frank Hennessey, BBC Wales
“It has all the intimacy and intensity of closely watching a master craftsman working fine jewelry. I could list the songs and map out each with the necessary superlatives – but really you should just go and see them. I have to insist on that. It’s folk music – it has the heritage and the songs evident – but it has a quality and depth to the arrangements and performance that means it easily transcends the constraints of any preconceptions”
-From the Margins
“Their performance is perfectly honed, faultlessly presented and demonstrates that they are clearly a match made in musical heaven. The songs are filled with messages of hope and promise, all delivered in a stripped down sound, which takes you on a journey into the minds of this duo… The dynamic between the duo is electric and their eclectic mix of music is refreshing, we were treated to new tracks from their album as well as their own favourites”
-The Atkinson, Southport
“Blessed with a peerlessly pure voice… Catch her while you can!” ★★★★
“A confident and impressive sophomore album that not only fully justifies past predictions regarding Sanders trajectory in the current folk field but also marks the arrival of a significant new duo force”
Folk Radio UK